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Duke University Performing Arts Series:


Trisha Brown Dance Company - In Plain Site

Friday, October 28th 5pm at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Saturday, October 29th 6pm and 8:30 pm at the Nasher Museum of Art
Sunday, October 30th 2:30 pm and 5 pm at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Tickets: $32 adults
$15 ages 30 and under
$10 Duke Students

All tickets are general admission (limited to 180 per show)

Trisha Brown has serious avant-garde and postmodern dance bona
fides: she was a founding member of the experimental Judson Dance
Theater before striking off on her own in the late 1960s to become a
pioneering choreographer. Her work with Trisha Brown Dance Company
distilled the form down to pure movement, often taking the work
outside of concert halls entirely, with her performers suspended from
ceilings and rooftops and dancing down walls. "Works by Brown don't
just challenge our perceptions; they expand our minds and untether
our spirits," wrote The Village Voice.
With Browns retirement, her company has launched an initiative to
breathe new life into her existing masterpieces: In Plain Site, an ambitious
project to present Browns dances in unconventional new spaces. For their
performance at Duke, they will recombine and reshape each work
specifically for two iconic locations, The Nasher Museum of Art and the

Sarah P. Duke Gardens. These familiar spaces are repurposed to close the
distance between dancers and audience, invigorating Browns work anew.

U.S. Premiere
Friday, February 24th 8 pm at Reynolds Industies Theater
Saturday, February 25th 8 pm at Reynolds Industries Theater
Tickets: $36-$42 Adults
$15 Ages 30 & under
$10 Duke students
Reserved Seating
Thanks to thawing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the
prodigiously talented Malpaso Dance Company of Havana has
started to appear more frequently on American stages. Central to
Malpasos rising profile is their relationship with the New York-based
Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has won two GRAMMY awards under
bandleader Arturo OFarrill. The ten-piece Afro Latin Jazz
Ensemble (ALJE), featuring members of the Orchestra, embraces
music from across the Americas, playing all of its diverse material with
the same precision and fire it brings to a mambo workout (The New
York Times).
Malpaso and the ALJE come to Duke with the U.S. premiere of
Dreaming of Lions, in which ten musicians and ten dancers present an
evening-length evocation of Ernest Hemingways classic 1952 novella
The Old Man and the Sea. Choreographer Osnel Delgado draws on
ballet and Cuban dance in depicting the tale of a fishermans quest to
catch an elusive marlin, using a different movement vocabulary to
delineate each character in the story. The work wrestles with themes of
honor, determination, and loss through one mans crusade for victory
in the unrelenting sea.

Geimaru-za Nihon Buyo Troupe

Tuesday, March 7th 8 pm at Reynolds Industries Theater

Tickets: $26-$32 Adults
$15 Ages 30 & under
$10 Duke students
Reserved Seating
Geimaru-za is an ensemble dedicated to nihon buyo, or traditional
Japanese dance, an ancient offshoot of kabuki dance drama. Like
kabuki, nihon buyo incorporates vivid narrative, colorfully costumed
performers, and live music. These dances have been refined through
the ages into simple and elegant narratives: in one dance, a puppeteer
helps a marionette after it gets tangled in its own strings; in another, a

poet saves both a plum tree and the nightingale that lives in its
The five dynamic young dancers of Geimaru-za trained in the
Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyos prestigious
University of the Arts; they appear at Duke Performances as part of
their first-ever tour of the United States. Performing with eight live
musicians, including shamisen (a three-stringed lute), fue (flute), and a
resounding percussion section of taiko, o-tsuzumi, and ko-tsuzumi, the
consummate artists of Geimaru-za offer an authentic performance of a
distinctly Japanese dance tradition made vital and new.

UNC Chapel Hill Performing Arts Series:

Memorial Hall
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3276

Dorrance Dance - ETM: Double Down

Wednesday, September 14th 7:30 pm at Memorial Hall

Thursday, Septmeber 15th 7:30 pm at Memorial Hall
Tickets: $15-$39

Reserved seating
Dorrance Dance honors the uniquely beautiful history of tap
danceAmericas longest-standing indigenous jazz vernacularin a
new and compelling context. Incorporating street, club and
experimental dance, the company pushes the form rhythmically,
aesthetically and conceptually. Superstar tap dancer/choreographer
and 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Michelle Dorrance grew
up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has
since appeared in STOMP and with the
companies of Savion Glover and Jason Samuels Smith, among many
others. ETM: Double Down, a collaboration with
dancer/choreographer/musician and fellow STOMP veteran Nicholas
Van Young, pioneers a system of sampling the dancers steps as part of
the sound score.

zoe | juniper - Clear & Sweet

Wednesday, October 5th at 7:30 at Memorial Hall
Thursday, October 6th at 7:30 at Memorial Hall
Tickets: $20
General admission
Dance and visual art team Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey are
driven by the idea of mythologizing the senses, enveloping the
audience in physical and fantastical realms. Spanning dance,
photography, sculptural video and performance installation, their
transcendent works reveal intrinsic truths that unite us all.
Incorporating dance and live vocals, Clear & Sweet is a CPA
co-commissioned multi-disciplinary piece based on an inquiry into
Sacred Harp singing, a rousing tradition of sacred choral music
originating in the American South. Local Sacred Harp singers will be
integrated into the audience, creating an immersive visual and sonic

Nora Chipaumire portrait of myself as my father

November 10th at 7:30 at Memorial Hall
Tickets: Contact box office
For the past decade, Bessie Award-winning
dancer/choreographer and former Urban Bush Women star nora
chipaumire has challenged stereotypes of Africa and the black
performing body, art and aesthetic. Deepening her investigations,
portrait of myself as my celebrates and critiques masculinityits
presence, presentation and representation. This profound work
considers the African male through the lens of cultural traditions,
colonialism, Christianity and liberation struggles, exploring how these
ideas might impact the African family and society on a global
scale. Performed by chipaumire, Senegalese dancer Papa Ibrahima
Ndiaye a.k.a. Kaolack and Shamar Watt, portrait is timely in its
examination of black maleness, asking: What is it about the black male
body that we fear?

Nani Topeng Losari

January 27th at 8:00 at Moser Auditorium in Hill Hall
Tickets: $20
General Admssion

The extraordinary range of dance forms in Indonesia is a

reflection of the countrys huge diversity of cultures and ethnicities.
Originating in Cirebon on the north coast of West Java, the Topeng
Losari mask dance is rooted in indigenous Javanese culture. Awardwinning seventh-generation mask dancer Nani is working to revive this
highly dramatic, opulently costumed
tradition. Demanding exceptional agility and stamina, the mask
dances (topeng dances) of Losari are steeped in mysticism and
magic, with the belief that masks transfer special powers to the
wearer. Nani always performs with her eyes closed, dancing in prayer
to God, Earth and the body.

Lucinda Childs Dance Company Dance

February 27th , at 7:30 at Memorial Hall

Tickets: $35-49

A seminal collaboration emerging out of one of the most vibrant

and fertile periods in New Yorks art world, Dance is a rarely-performed
signature work by one of the pillars of the Judson Dance Theater
collective, Lucinda Childs. Initially reviled and now revered, this
luminous, intricate and endlessly fascinating 1979 masterpiece was
created with composer Philip Glass and visual artist Sol LeWitt, whose
ethereal black-and-white film version of the dance hovers over the

Martha Graham Dance Company

March 23rd at 7:30 at Memorial Hall
March 24th at 8:00 at memorial Hall

Tickets: $35-$49

Hailed for its commitment to the leading edge of modern dance,

the Martha Graham Dance Company performs adventurous new
works created by some of todays top dance-makers side by side with
the most profound and influential choreography by Martha Graham.
Often compared with Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel,
this revolutionary artist is an icon of 20th-century modernism. The
Company embodies her uniquely American style of dance, which has
influenced generations of artists and captivated audiences worldwide.
This program features a CPA Commissioned Work by choreographer
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui inspired by Sufi poetry and accompanied by
Turkish traditional music, in connection with Sacred/Secular: A Sufi

North Carolina State University

Performing Arts
Talley Student Center
2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27695

Camille A. Brown & Dancers Black Girl: Linguistic


Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm at Stewart Theatre, Talley Student

$25-$30 | NC State students $6.25
Camille Brown uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance
vernacular including social dancing, double dutch, steppin, tap, Juba,
ring shout, and gesture as the black womans domain to evoke
childhood memories of self-discovery.
In a society where black women are often only portrayed in terms of
their strength, resiliency, or trauma, Black Girl: Linguistic Play
questions these narratives by representing a nuanced spectrum of
black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world.
This spirited work is complemented by live music from pianist Scott
Patterson and bassist Tracy Wormworth.

Black Grace

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 8pm at Stewart Theatre, Talley Student

$27-$32 | NC State students $6.75
With their distinctive dynamism, the dancers of Black Grace take
possession of the stage and own the audience from the first moment.
And they never let go.
New Zealands leading contemporary dance group creates sensational
dance that is highly physical, rich in the storytelling traditions of the
South Pacific, and expressed with raw finesse, unique beauty and
Eloquent yet elemental, athletic yet spiritual, the fusion of traditional
Pacific Island and Maori heritage with contemporary dance is inherent
in the heart of visionary founder/choreographer Neil Ieremia and the
foundation of this magnificent company the pride of New Zealand.